SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a set of measures you can take to boost the rankings of your blog in the search engine results pages. WordPress is one of the best CMS (content management systems) to use if SEO is important to you.

Many SEO specialists optimize each page of the site for the search engines.  If you plan to monetize your site, you need to build a relationship with your audience and get more traffic from search engines.

WordPress for SEO

WordPress is a well-optimized CMS built for SEO-friendliness. It allows you to create an SEO-friendly website that will boost rankings and increase user engagement.

Using WordPress in conjunction with a well-coded theme and an SEO plugin can help you create a blog that provides search engines with all theinformation they need to properly index your content.

You’ve probably been there a hundred times. You work on an awesome and holistic piece of content, you put your heart and soul into it.

And at the time you publish it, you get …

Nothing.

No shares, no comments, no rankings. Yes, quite frustrating. But the truth is: no matter how great your content is, it still needs links and promotion.

This is why having a blog outreach strategy is crucial when it comes to SEO. Sharing your blog content with the right audience can significantly boost your site’s visibility.

Sadly, the outreach skills of a majority of people leave much to be desired. This is why I came up with this short guide to SEO blogger outreach and how to get the most of it.

Ready? Let’s get started!

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Today, there are millions of bloggers as the internet has become a place where people communicate and share copious amounts of information.

However, there are some legal pitfalls that come with blogging and many bloggers have no clue as to how to deal with them. Here we focus on some of the legal issues that bloggers may face.

Disclaimer: This article does not in any way offer legal counsel or advice but simply discusses legal considerations for bloggers and provides tips on protecting your content and creating your blog’s legal pages and disclaimers.

Most bloggers that discuss Pinterest marketing talk about the basics of using the platform, such as creating a Business account, using Rich Pins, and optimizing your profile and boards with keywords.

But, as an active and engaged Pinterest user, I see a number of not-so-obvious mistakes that Pinners are making all the time. Many of them can affect how your Pin is shared, and whether it gets clicks back to your website.

In this article, I outline 7 not-so-obvious Pinterest mistakes that are hurting your shares and engagement.

1. Using the wrong code in your Pins

I see many Pinners using their image’s alt text to generate their Pinterest description. But, the primary purpose of alt text is to describe the photo to visually impaired users, so doing this can harm your website’s usability and search engine optimization (SEO).

This post is a list of search engine optimization (SEO) tips for bloggers. It will be kept updated as I come across new and better SEO tips for blogs. Bookmark it and check back for updates.

Updated: 6th December 2018

I wrote this article (originally called Search Engine Optimization For Blogs) in 2004 and when I revisited it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not as outdated as I feared.

A lot of these tips are still valid, but I’ve added a few new ones and updated it to reflect the new ranking factors of social media and mobile usage.

Blogging software is really a simple Content Management System (CMS) that easily adds new pages and integrates them into your site’s navigational structure and linkage.

Blogs and blog posts are naturally search-engine-friendly because they are text-rich,

Are you excited to go pro?

This blogging journey may feel intimidating or outright scary.

Most amateurs never become pro-bloggers because they hide in their cocoon of comfort.

If you allow your love of freedom, fun and fulfillment to outweigh your fear of failure, criticism and poverty you will do amazing things in your blogging niche of choice.

I have been on a wild ride over the past 8 years. I started off as a fired security officer. Now I am a full time, island hopping pro blogger.

I made the transition. You can do it too. But you need to be willing, open and ready to follow simple, practical tips in order to make your wildest dreams come true.

Ready to lay the foundation for becoming a pro?

Follow these 7 blogging tips to go from amateur to pro.

Have you jumped aboard the content marketing train only to see limited success and engagement?

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Even as content marketing becomes more and more popular, businesses struggle to retain visitors and turn readers into customers.

TrackMaven research showed that content marketing output in 2015 rose by 35 percent. Engagement, however, dropped by 17 percent.

In 2016, “Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends” reported, the effectiveness of content for B2B organizations dropped from 38 percent to 30 percent.

The solution to decreasing content engagement is not to create even more content; it is to make your content more engaging for your readers.

How?

In this post, I’ll share 9 proven tactics you can use right away to improve your content engagement.

What is “Content Engagement”?

Connect with Readers

It cannot be denied that society today is obsessed with social media and it can be difficult to really captivate the audience especially when you are a blogger.

In fact, there is no proven formula for bloggers and blog posts to engage readers or to keep them coming back to your website.

However readers do subscribe to blogs that create a deeper connection with them. So here are a few tips that you can try to connect with readers at a deeper level.

1. Master The Art Of Storytelling

When you start a blog, you have to establish rapport with the audience and storytelling is the part where you should master it.

It should be honest because the audience wants to understand the odds that you are going through and how you have overcome these things to get to where you are.

I see a lot of people on Quora asking the question – should I publish my blog on WordPress.com or Medium or self-hosted WordPress?

As Rand Fishkin says in the latest Whiteboard Friday episode, it’s not that simple.

Medium, LinkedIn and WordPress.com offer the benefits of a ready-made community of potential followers who will engage with your content. These hosted blog sites also offer domain authority that comes with its own SEO benefits.

On the other hand, publishing on a free blog doesn’t give your own domain many SEO benefits. Free blogs are not customizable, lack brandability and do not lend themselves to being used as part of a sales funnel.

In my posts here and here, I list many similar reasons why I do not recommend using a free blog as your primary content distribution channel, 

This is not a new blog. This is a domain I’ve owned since 2004.

But because I did not incorporate it as a business till 2014, I kind of neglected it and didn’t give it a lot of attention till July 2015. I was busy with client work and had got complacent about my own blog.

In Jan 2015, these are what my traffic stats looked like.

Jan 2015 stats

What changed for me around June or July 2015, was that I discovered Brian Dean’s blog on the Skyscraper Technique.

I felt ashamed.

In 2003, I was someone who was pretty good at SEO and content, and had even written a book on it.

Of course, SEO back in 2003 was a very different beast. It was much easier to game Google.